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The Miss Eleanor Shipwreck  New York and New Jersey's (Wreck Valley)
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DIRECTIONS:     (Island Beach State Park, Ocean County)
Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82 B, Rt 37 East. Stay on Rt 37 over the bridge then bear right at the fork. Continue into Island Beach State Park. Parking in section A-14,walk on the path over the dunes. The wreck is located 100 feet to the right of the path and approximately 150 feet offshore.

On January 4, 1988,the clam dredge Miss Eleanor developed a severe leak when her dredge smashed through her wooden hull. Captain Russell Stump immediately radioed a distress call. The captain, in an effort to save his vessel and crew, then steamed for the beach. He wanted to intentionally run the Miss Eleanor aground in the shallow water off Island Beach State Park. After running aground all three crewmembers were successfully rescued. Any plans to salvage the Miss Eleanor were abandoned when the constant pounding from the surf split the vessel at her seams. Within a few days the vessel was splintered apart and pieces of debris littered the beach.

Today the wreck protrudes through the surf in seven feet of water. The wreck consists of her main beam and heavy machinery. Those who want to dive the wreck should park in area A-14, walk to the beach, and look for her remains above the surf. As with most Jersey beach sites divers should wait for a clam day to explore this site.


Howard Rothweiler with name board from the wreck. Photo by Dan Berg






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